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Midsize Sedans 2.0



  • oldcemoldcem Posts: 309
    You might also consider the Saturn Aura. Its a kissing cousin to the Malibu. I just bought an Aura XE with the low tech 3.5V6 to use for my business travel. It offers good fuel economy and still makes 224 HP.
  • tedebeartedebear Posts: 832
    I couldn't believe how long it took to copy a CD to the drive.

    It takes around 10 minutes to copy an entire CD to the HD. I've been putting all my music CDs on the drive so I won't have to bother with carrying them around. The initial setup takes a bit of effort but then I have everything available in one place.

    When my friend put a burned CD, gracenotes couldn't find the songs.

    The Gracenote database is constantly being updated. Updates can be downloaded for free and burned to a DVD to update the MyGIG database. The dealer might charge to do this or I've heard Harman Becker (the MyGIG manufacturer) will mail out an update disc on request. I'm not sure if they charge for that.

    I can understand blocking streaming video or an address entry task, but it wouldn't let me select playlists. I also don't really care for the way it organizes music.

    Hmm...I don't have any trouble selecting albums from my playlist as I'm driving along. The only thing related to the playlist that it won't let me do while driving is to rename one. It has something to do with the keyboard screen being disabled while in motion. The same block also disables inputting street names while driving.

    I've gotten around that by installing a plug-in module called a MyGIG Lockpick. Like the name implies, it unlocks features that would normally only be accessible when in park. When it blocks me from renaming a playlist after I've copied a CD while driving I just toggle the on/off button twice and the Lockpick overrides any blocks.

    I can understand why it would block this feature. I'm surprised at how difficult it is to drive in a straight line while trying to type something on that screen. If a cop saw me I'd probably get pulled over, thinking I was drunk. :D I never use the keyboard when any other traffic is anywhere near me.

    The reason I don't think the playlist select option is blocked by default while in motion is that I never have to toggle the on/off button to select an album. Also, the playlists are arranged in alphabetical order. I group things together by artist. For instance, I'll name any Eagles CDs "Eagles Long Road Home" or "Eagles Greatest Hits", etc. You said something about not liking the way it organizes music.
  • kdshapirokdshapiro Posts: 5,751
    I bought a portable Garmin with traffic for less than $400 last fall and it was very simple to use. I could get a nicer unit for the same price this year.

    Verzion just announced VZNAV v4 with traffic and a ton of other enhancements for the same $9.99/mo. And I don't have to worry about updating my maps. :surprise
  • jaxs1jaxs1 Posts: 2,697
    I tried the cell phone nav systems and it had several problems. You have to have an unlimited data plan, so add the cost is the data plan plus the $9.99 per month. It cannot be used when you are out of the cell coverage area because the maps are streamed wirelessly, and it would drop the connection to the navigation service whenever you had to make or receive a call. Even though they keep the data on their servers, they are very slow to update their points of interest database. I still had to lookup many stores and restaurants by other methods.
    Way too clunky.
  • motoguy128motoguy128 Posts: 146
    Built in navigaton isn't a great idea. In 6-10 years it will be obsolete like any computer based system. I wish there was an option of "navigation ready" with more stadardization in the handheld GPS market in terms of power connections and dimensions... similar to car stereos. Then you could have a well integrated GPS system WITH handsfree bluetooth for your phone.
  • busirisbusiris Posts: 3,454
    Built in navigaton isn't a great idea. In 6-10 years it will be obsolete like any computer based system.

    Each to his own, I guess...However, I disagree with you on this one.

    To many, it makes a lot of sense. Built-in units are much more apt to remain in the vehicle (ie., not stolen), and quite convenient for those who use them in their everyday travels, such as salespeople. And, in many cars, they already provide the desire you stated above...a well integrated GPS system WITH handsfree bluetooth for your phone.

    As for being obsolete, you can also use that logic with almost anything electronic...even radios. In a few short years, all cars will have HD radio as standard, and just like digital TV is eliminating analog TV in 2009, the same will happen to radio later on down the line.

    I'm not trying to pick your opinion apart here, but attempting to show why, to many, a built-in system is "value-added".

    In my opinion, its an option that I chose to buy. Yes, I paid more for it than a portable unit, but I also got, for me, it was the right choice.

    Its all in how you view it, I guess....
  • m6userm6user Posts: 2,898
    I just got back from a trip and saw about 4 or 5 new Accords on the expressway and followed a couple for awhile. I like the front and side views, in fact, when an Accord came up on me in my rear view mirror I was like, wow that is pretty cool looking. However, I have concluded that the rear view of the car is just plain ugly(IMHO). I found it so ugly that I have crossed it off my list of possibles. Mazda just increased their rebate to $2750 on the "6" so even though it is long in the tooth and is to be replaced by an all new model shortly, it is looking better and better.
  • plektoplekto Posts: 3,708
    The truth is, nobody's going to break in to steal a TomTom that's scuffed and weathered after a few months of use(even new, they sell for $100 on Ebay)

    And you can just yank it from the cradle and drop it in your pocket or center console out of sight. 5 seconds.

    It amazes me that people spend $2000 for something that you can buy at Best Buy for $200.
  • busirisbusiris Posts: 3,454
    Once again, you are entitled to your own opinion. And, I am sure that you also purchase things that others would be amazed by as well.

    However, I would hazard to guess that many of the readers on this forum would disagree about the theft assessment. Some folks will steal anything that they can get their hands on, valuable or not....

    You obviously have formulated the opinion that anyone who disagrees with you on this issue is automatically wrong and quite possibly somewhere between ignorant and stupid, and that is your be it.

    In any case, you don't have to look beyond the NAV-equipped new car sales figures to see that a factory installed NAV system is popular. If it wasn't a desired option, those cars equipped with them would simply sit on a lot and not sell...

    So, I suggest that you enjoy your portable NAV system and let those who prefer a factory unit enjoy theirs....
  • kdshapirokdshapiro Posts: 5,751
    You have to have an unlimited data plan, so add the cost is the data plan plus the $9.99 per month.

    No you don't and for my usage it's all you can eat navigation and minutes free while I'm using the application. My plan is about 1 year old and I don't have a data plan.

    Cell phone navigation may not be for everybody, it works perfectly for me and I never have to worry about software updates. And my navigation device is always with me. :) And it supports bluetooth and mp3s.
  • busirisbusiris Posts: 3,454
    Cell phone navigation may not be for everybody, it works perfectly for me and I never have to worry about software updates. And my navigation device is always with me. And it supports bluetooth and mp3s.

    I am glad to hear from someone who has used this service. I made sure both of my daughters had NAV compatible phones from Verizon, just in case they ever needed to use them.

    "Portability on the hip" is a definite advantage that this implementation offers...
  • m6userm6user Posts: 2,898
    I don't think the average dumb punk that is smashing and grabbing the portable navs is going up to the car window and taking the time to see just what model/brand the unit is. I think they just drive through lots and see one and jump out, smash the window, grab the unit and get out of of Dodge. They probably do this all the time and realize that some are not worth what others are worth but work the average.
    I have read that they are smart enough however to realize that the owners of these items just remove from the holder and put in the center console or glove compartment. So they are even going as far as looking for the telltale suction cup marks on the windshield and if they see it, they are breaking in to see if the unit is in the car. If not, they steal whatever else is available.
  • busirisbusiris Posts: 3,454
    Its my opinion that anyone who thinks that crooks are stupid have that opinion at their own peril. Auto break-ins are the stuff of daily news shows here in South Carolina, and much more so in highly urbanized areas.

    I also have a portable Garmin,and there is NO WAY that I would leave it unattended in a car, even in my driveway, doors locked and all. I don't even leave coins out in the open...

    Why would anyone tempt a thief to break a window (or do much worse) by leaving an attractive device out in plain view? And, like you stated, even if all that is visible is the mount, a thief knows the unit is more than likely also in the vehicle...
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    In my area, they are breaking out windows of cars that have the telltale suction cup marks on the windshield. Doesn't matter if they can see the unit or not - nor does it matter how old it is. If the unit is with the owner and not in the car, obviously it doesn't get stolen, but the owner still needs to deal with the damage.
  • jaxs1jaxs1 Posts: 2,697
    You can't tell me "no you don't need an unlimited plan" because I have used it and seen the prices and got the bill. You need an unlimited plan one way of the other. Sprint has a Power Pack package that gives you unlimited data and unlimited for a fixed price, but it isn't $9.99 per month. It's $30 on top of the voice plan. AT&T charges $9.99 per month for navigation, but you need unlimited data plan or you will be charged per kb and it will get very expensive. It isn't practical to use it without an unlimited data plan.

    Even if you personally have a special deal, it isn't the norm and exceptions aren't helpful to most people.

    Regardless, even if it was only $9.99 on top of a standard voice plan and no extra cost data was needed, cost wasn't the major issue and wouldn't change the experience at a different price, so it doesn't matter now.

    Since it was a little bit of a hassle to hide the portable nav from theft, I decided to see if any alternatives would be worth it. I tried the cellphone based service and I lost access to navigation when I was out of the coverage area and I lost the navigation when I needed to answer or make a call. The database they use for business lookup was poor even though it's on their servers and they could update if they were inclined to, but have elected not to. That is too much inconvenience even for a cheap price.

    I then looked at the built-in navigation in the Accord EX-L Navi and it wasn't intuitive at all. I was able to use the Garmin out of the box without looking at any manuals.
    I could probably read the manual and figure out most the Honda's nav system in an hour, but the cost is ridiculous especially since I really only wanted an LX_P. It is at least $6K to upgrade from an LX-P to an EX-L with Navi. You get leather and other extras for the money, but I didn't want or need the other options.
    Also, both EX-L Accords I drove had rattles and the Navi model had an additional rattle around the Navi's disc drive, so I have been turned off from the EX-Ls for good.

    So, I am not so desperate to not have to hide the Garmin as to accept a cellphone nav or pay for an EX-L with nav.

    There is Garmin Nuvi cell phone coming
    and maybe there will be an Apple iPhone with built-in gps nav in the future that will be great and I'll can always try those when the come out, but there is nothing available right now that's worth it to me.
  • kdshapirokdshapiro Posts: 5,751
    You can't tell me "no you don't need an unlimited plan" because I have used it and seen the prices and got the bill. You need an unlimited plan one way of the other.

    You are incorrect on this one. I have a standard family share nationwide plan. A few months ago I headed out west. I was in the car a total of 15 hours r/t and had VZ Nav on 100% of the time. When I got my bill that month and the next month, Total was $9.99 and $9.99. This is Verizon Wireless not AT&T. You have to understand how Verizon charges. Last year around Sept. they made air-time and data usage of VZ Nav free and unlimited. Every month my bill for VZNav is the same: $9.99. While I may be a "special" person, I don't have a special deal. VZW mixes things constantly, but this is my current plan.
  • m6userm6user Posts: 2,898
    but the owner still needs to deal with the damage.

    That's why I always use the bean bag type holder that just lays on the dash. I only use my Magellan on long trips where I don't know the area so I simply remove the unit(take with) and place the holder/mount down in the footwell or behind the front seat. My interior is black and the holder/mount are black so it is very difficult to even see it if one stops and peers into the car.

    You're both right about not leaving anything out in plain sight.
  • m6userm6user Posts: 2,898
    I agree that there are some smart crooks out there but I don't really think they are the ones that are smash/grabbers. I think the smash/grabbers are just opportunistic....relying on the mistakes(spelled trusting) of others. It's sad that one can't leave anything of value in their car anymore without being labeled a dummy.
  • busirisbusiris Posts: 3,454
    From the Verizon VZ Navigator web-site...

    Getting Started
    Download VZ Navigator on your phone, and subscribe for a monthly rate of $9.99 or use it when needed for $2.99 a day. (Per Day option not available on BlackBerry devices) VZ Navigator is pre-installed on some Verizon Wireless phones, and some have a shortcut to the application from the phone's main menu called 'Navigation'. See Get VZ Navigator for further information and download instructions

    No where can I find that Verizon has any pre-conditions (other than a compatible phone) such as a special or unlimited minutes plan....

    From the Sprint web-site...

    Q: How do I find/purchase Sprint Navigation?
    A: Sprint users must subscribe to a data plan in order to use Sprint Navigation. If you already have a data plan, click here to learn how to download Sprint Navigation.

    If you do not already have a data plan, you can sign up for one by doing one of the following:

    Go to the and sign in to "My Sprint Wireless" to upgrade to a Power Vision Data Plan that includes Navigation
    Call 1-800-SPRINT1 to upgrade to a Power Vision Data Plan or purchase Sprint Navigation for $9.99/month *
    Go to a store and ask to upgrade to a Power Vision Data Plan or purchase Sprint Navigation for $9.99/month *
    *Note: Without a data plan, Sprint Navigation will incur data usage costs.

    From the AT&T web-site...

    AT&T Navigator
    AT&T Navigator Basic: $5.99 per month per device for 10 routes*
    AT&T Navigator Premium: $9.99 per month per device for unlimited routes*

    *A route is determined when a user types in the address of their destination in the AT&T Navigator application. The route would be from their starting location to the address/destination they originally entered into the application. That would be considered 1 route. If you miss a turn, re-routes are automatically sent to your device and are still considered part of the original route.

    Don't know about any other carriers...

    Can you supply any info that contradicts this information? I would like to know, as my daughters may need to use this some day...
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    I sat in a Malibu LTZ today. I'll make this quick-

    I liked the interior. The gauges seemed a little small (just because I'm used to my larger ones probably, not a biggie). There were some cheap touches inside. The door covering the cupholders was flimsy, the moonroof cover didn't seem to set it place well, and a $29k car with no rear-seat armrest? My $19k 12 year old Honda has one! C'mon Chevy, get with it! Overall though, it was a good effort.

    One problem? SIZE! The back seat of the Malibu was tighter on my legs than my 2006 Accord, which isn't a huge car in the first place. It had a claustrophobic feel all over, even though the front was plenty roomy.

    I'm trying to be objective towards the Malibu, but I must admit it was difficult. I was at my local Chevy dealer (Premiere Chevrolet in Bessemer, AL) redeeming a "free oil change" coupon which I used on my old '96 Accord. Unfortunately, I spent two hours waiting on my car to be serviced, and while I was there, roaming the lot and checking out cars, NOT ONE EMPLOYEE spoke to me. In fact, the only friendly people there were the cashier in the service dept, and the service tech who brought my car around. They covered my driver's seat in grease, but the service tech managed to get it out (thank you Scott!).

    I had forgotten how spoiled I am by two other dealers in my town (Serra Honda, and Town and Country Ford). Premiere Chevrolet simply sucks!

    EDIT: On a side note, the dealership (a large one along the interstate) only had 4 Malibus; two LTZ V6s and two LT1s. They had probably 3 dozen Cobalts and 70 Silverados, however.
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